The Pit Stop

April 26, 2010 5:31 PM

Budweiser, Jimmie Johnson, And More

ESPN reports that Budwesier people were talking with Rick Hendrick Motorsports and that they could be a sponsor for a Hendrick driver.

Jimmie Johnson says that the wreck with Jeff Gordon was his fault. reports that Rodger Penske says that Sam Hornish Jr. will be back to the 2011 season.

Royal Purple Races into Darlington

Porter, Texas (April 26, 2010) - Royal Purple proudly announces title sponsorship of the Darlington 200, as the NASCAR Nationwide series returns to the Darlington Raceway on May 7. This year's race will be known as the Royal Purple 200 Presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts.

"What a great opportunity to be the title sponsor of this year's Darlington 200. It's a perfect pairing of the high performance of Royal Purple and the excitement of the race," said Patrick Burris, Motorsports Coordinator for Royal Purple.

Royal Purple, founded in 1986, has emerged as a leader in manufacturing high performance lubricants to a wide range of consumers. Royal Purple's state-of-the-art products, including marine, racing, snowmobile, and motorcycle oils, are focused primarily on outperforming other synthetic oils in the market.

"Royal Purple is a great fit at Darlington Raceway," said Browning. "They have a very unique brand that will incorporate itself very well in the NASCAR community and we are very excited to welcome them into the Darlington Raceway family."

Race day will feature NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series practice, qualifying for the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series' in the afternoon, followed by the Royal Purple 200 Presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts under the lights. This race showcases some of NASCAR's future stars as they test their skills on the storied 1.366-mile egg-shaped oval track. Dubbed "Too Tough to Tame" over 60 years ago, Darlington Raceway has a long history of featuring brilliant racers on a challenging track that easily separates the good from the great drivers.

Tickets are on-sale now and can be purchased by calling the Darlington Raceway ticket office at 866-459-RACE or online at Can't make it? Be sure to check your local listings for airing times to catch all the action on ESPN2 with coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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